2017 Children's Social Studies Report Released

February 1, 2018
Editor: Chen Caixia

The Annual Report on Children's Participation in China (2017) was issued at a press conference co-hosted by the Chinese National Children's Center and Social Science and Academic Press recently in Beijing.

The organizers surveyed 8,847 children in seven cities across China. The report looked at children's social habits and how they interacted with their parents.

According to the results, 66 percent of children watch TV with their parents every week, 53 percent study with them, and 45.2 percent do exercise with them.

Meanwhile, the ratio of children who go to a show, visit a museum, or take a domestic or overseas trip with their parents each year is 57.3 percent, 65.7 percent, 69.7 percent and 26.7 percent, respectively.

The report also says that 59.8 percent of children do housework more than three days a week.

Eager to Know More 

In school, over 57.3 percent of students participate in at least one school club; nearly 80 percent of them communicate actively with their teachers; and, 10 percent of them chat with mentors every day.

In society, 71.2 percent of students are confident about their future to improve public life; 52.2 percent have been volunteers; and 73.9 percent have donated money to help others.

As for public affairs, 69 percent of students are interested in environmental problems; 63.4 percent care about social security; 57.7 percent are concerned about international political problems; and, 53.5 percent care about local social dilemmas.

When it comes to online behavior, 75.9 percent of students have their own phones; 52.7 percent have personal computers; while 85.5 percent and 70.9 percent own QQ and WeChat social media accounts respectively.

The data indicate that students have a wide range of interests in daily life, and also take practical action to learn more about real progress in Chinese society.

Study-Oriented Life

Study still plays the most important role in children's lives. Based on the report, 48.9 percent of students in primary and secondary schools take part in tutored classes closely related to school exams.

In families, there are limited shared topics between children and their parents, according to the report. Some 48.4 percent of students talk about studies with their parents every day; 34.5 percent are helped by their parents to study every night; and, 90 percent of parents talk about study-related problems with their children on a regular basis.

However, 31.5 percent of parents never tell their children how to make friends; 33.6 percent never talk about their work; 26.3 percent never teach them how to use money; 38.6 percent never discuss the topic of love; and, 47.8 percent never talk about life or death.

Experts believe that the absence of these important topics will have a negative effect on children's future development, self-protection and life values.

Impact of Household Economy and Parents' Careers

The frequency of parent-child communication is closely related to families' economic level.

Children in upper-middle-income families are most likely to talk about their studies, mood, friends, work, love, life, death and public affairs with their parents. Children in the lowest-income families talk about these topics much less.

Children in white-collar families have more friends and international connections than those in blue-collar families. They also enjoy more neighborhood communication, and are more interested in public affairs, social security, and international political and environmental problems.

Parents' Education 

The report indicates that children whose parents received a university education or above are more willing to talk with their parents than children whose parents only received a junior high school education or below.

Children with well-educated parents have less freedom to arrange their time after school, because they have to do exercise and read extracurricular books. However, children in low-education households often play with friends, watch TV and surf the internet. Those whose parents received secondary education spend more time doing homework.

Parents' educational level also has an effect on children's extra-curricular activities. Children with well-educated parents participate in more domestic or international boot camps, and take more special interest and tutoring classes. They also have a larger circle of friends than children in less-educated families.

(Source: China Women's News/ Translated and edited by Women of China)

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